? Episode 297
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  • Windows 8 was announced this week. This is the successor to Windows 7, and it's not just a smart phone operating system. It looks like Microsoft moved their Windows Phone 7 OS to a computer. It has all the features and look with tiles instead of icons that appear to be alive even before you click on them. See how many new emails you have or what the weather is going to be without opening the program. You can also revert back to the standard Windows look if you're not ready for the new one. Many critics hail this new look, while others say they're just copying Apple.
  • Rumors are floating around that Microsoft may just purchase Nokia instead of merely putting their smart phone OS on Nokia's phones. Nokia market share has been sliding since the IPhone made its debut, and now so many people have been laid off they will soon need a bailout or a buyout to keep going. Since Microsoft is so closely aligned with them, there's a good possibility they could buy Nokia out soon.
  • Laurence Rook, 13, has invented a doorbell that tricks potential burglars into think you're at home, even when you're not. The 'Smart Bell' calls your cell phone when someone rings on the door bell, allowing for a conversation with whomever is at the door, according to the Daily Mail. The doorbell can also be used to help delivery workers to complete their deliveries. The Daily Mail says Rook, who is from Whyteleafe, Surrey in England, has already sold 20,000 units to communications firm Commtel Innovate and could sell an additional 25,000.
  • Just hours before the keynote at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft pushed an update to its E3 website stating that Halo 4 is "on the way." The post was quickly taken down, but confirms the existence of the fifth installment in the Halo franchise, as well as other expected games, including Dance Central 2, Kinect Star Wars, and Kinect Sports 2. The blurb for the Halo 4 post described the news as something "millions of Halo fans have waited for." As Halo: Reach was franchise creator Bungie's last entry to the series, it's likely that Halo 4 will have been developed by Microsoft and 343 Industries. The updated site also mentioned a remastered version of Halo: Combat Evolved that will be released presumably for the tenth anniversary of the first Halo game's November 2001 launch.
  • Google's Android continued as the top smartphone operating system in the U.S. in ComScore's latest ranking, while Apple's iPhone displaced the BlackBerry for second place. Android and iPhone devices both gained in popularity in the ComScore survey of 30,000 U.S. mobile phone subscribers. Meanwhile, the BlackBerry from Research in Motion declined by nearly 5 percentage points, dropping to 25.7% of the market for the three months ending April 30. Android had 36.4% of the smartphone market at the end of April, a 13% improvement and a 5.2 percentage-point gain over the three months ending Jan. 31. Android hit the top ranking for the first time in that January survey, which was reported in March.
  • Though a new iPhone is not expected to be announced this week, through the rest of June Walmart is offering the 16GB iPhone 4 for $147, or more than $50 off the usual $199 price, with a two-year contract. The price reduction, which began on Monday, applies to both the AT&T and Verizon versions of the iPhone 4. The $147 on-contract price is also available for both the black and white models. As usual, customers must buy a new two-year wireless and data agreement or qualified upgrade to obtain the subsidized pricing. The deal was announced just hours before Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, a media event at which Apple usually unveils the next-generation iPhone. But numerous reports have indicated that Apple will not unveil a new iP
  • A leading Chinese government newspaper lashed out at Google Inc., saying the company's allegations of China-based hacking were a politically motivated attempt to spark new disputes between China and the U.S. The People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, printed the editorial on the front page of its overseas edition Monday with the headline, "Google, What Do You Want?" It said the company's allegations last week were politically motivated with "a vicious intent of sparking new disputes concerning Internet security between China and the U.S."? Google had said hackers in Jinan, the capital of China's eastern Shandong province, tried to hijack the Gmail accounts of senior U.S. officials and other people by tricking them into disclosing their passwords.
  • Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has asked chipmakers that want to use the next version of Windows for tablets to work with no more than one computer manufacturer, three people with knowledge of the plan said. Chipmakers and computer makers that agree to the terms will get incentives from Microsoft in exchange for accepting the restrictions, which tie a single chipmaker to one tablet design, said the people, who declined to be identified because the new program hasn't been made public. Seeking to limit variations may help Microsoft speed the delivery of new Windows tablets by keeping tighter control over partners and accelerating development and testing. Though the program isn't mandatory, the restrictions may impede chip- and computer makers from building a variety of Windows-based models to vie with Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad, the people said. In past versions of Windows software, chipmakers could work with multiple computer manufacturers.
  • Shades of Angels & Demons - a laboratory team has created and trapped "antihydrogen" atoms for a record 1,000 seconds, a journal reports, raising hopes for study of the famously elusive physics of antimatter. Antimatter is a reverse-charged form of normal matter seen in some high-energy physics particle collisions. Antimatter famously annihilates itself when brought into contact with normal matter, making observation of atoms of the stuff quite tricky. Astrophysicists cannot explain why the amount of matter created in the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago, predominated over the amount of antimatter created, making study of the stuff intriguing to cosmologists. The goal of trapping antihydrogen atoms is to explore their properties to see how they differ from normal hydrogen ones, with the hope of explaining this mystery.
  • Sony confirmed that it was hacked again by LulzSec and that its users' information was compromised and leaked. The leaked information contained user email addresses, Sony passwords, dates of birth, full postal address, gender, and phone numbers. In response, Sony said it has "taken action to protect against further intrusion" and hired a "team of outside expert" to conduct "forensic analysis of the attack." Moreover, it has called the FBI to work with them to identify the hackers behind the group LulzSec and bring them to justice for their cybercrimes.LulzSec, on its part, doesn't seem to be concerned about the FBI. Last Friday, it hacked InfraGard, a private-sector affiliate of the FBI. It leaked InfraGard user information and defaced the website.

Email from listeners

  • Ken from Portland asks "So how are those these hacks hitting Sony and Gmail?"